Like Howl’s Moving Castle, the Ghibli Park is taking on a life of its own. The upcoming theme park by Studio Ghibli is only months away from opening, and we finally have an official date: November 1, 2021. For years, Ghibli fans could only dream about an entire theme park dedicated to the stories of Hayao Miyazaki. But it will soon become a reality.
Before the year ends, lovers of Studio Ghibli films will get the chance to set foot inside Howl’s Moving Castle and Satsuki and Mei’s family home. The Aichi Tourism Bureau just released a teaser of the upcoming theme park, giving us a quick peek at the replica of the home in My Neighbor Totoro. Get ready for a heavy dose of nostalgia, Ghibli fans.
The giant theme park is not the first tourism attraction from Studio Ghibli. The film house runs the popular Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, but the upcoming park will be over four times the size of the museum.
Bringing to life the best stories from Miyazaki, Ghibli Park will be divided into five areas: Ghibli’s Giant Warehouse; Hill of Youth; Mononoke Village; Dondoko Forest; and Witch’s Valley. Aside from recreating the aesthetic and environment of Ghibli’s popular films, the park will also have a number of exciting rides and experiences for visitors, including an airship from Laputa: Castle in the Sky, a rotary plaza from Whisper of the Heart, and an iron forge from Princess Mononoke.
While we’re nearing the opening date, the park still has much to do. Only certain sections of the park will be open on November 1, with the rest scheduled for launch in the second half of 2023.
The Ghibli Park will encompass 2.4 acres of land in the city of Nagakute in Aichi prefecture. Located just east of Nagoya City, Filipinos could potentially visit the theme park by flying to the Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya and catching a train or bus to Nagakute.
After years stuck at home, this is one tourist spot we’re definitely visiting for some revenge travel plans in 2023.
* This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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